I don't have a very good track record when it comes to cooking ahead.
Call it once-a-month or once-a-week, I have had grand failures and then to top it all off, Joshua and I are a little snobby when it comes to our food. (Joshua heard me say that and said "A little?! Face it, sweetie... we're really bad food snobs!")
We generally prefer most of our main dishes prepared right before eating, and most of my crock pot attempts ended with both Joshua and me saying "This could be so much better..."
However... I still wanted to join in with Crystal on her Baking Day/OAMC this week. In retrospect, today was mostly like any other day at our house, except I baked cookies instead of cleaning the bathroom.... so I guess "A day in our life" is more appropriate for a title! :)
One of the first things I did this morning was to make up some Mocha Frappuccino mixes. Joshua drinks these in the mornings, and we use unflavored whey protein in the mix to make them a little heartier.
Yehoshua helped me cook a big pot of oatmeal for breakfast. We made about 5 quarts and that will last for several breakfasts. (I re-warm the leftovers in a pan with milk... fast and creamy!) We eat oatmeal for breakfast often, since I haven't been able to keep up with making homemade granola and quality cold cereal is expensive (even at Costco!). :)
Yehoshua asked for a picture of him eating the oatmeal he helped make. :)
We also had a mid-morning snack of apples, applesauce, and bananas (all spread out through several hours). :)
Yehoshua did his normal school work this morning (most of which I help him with), and we also did some laundry.
Before I could do any baking, I needed to grind some flour. I milled hard white wheat (to use for homemade bread tomorrow) and soft white wheat (to use in cookies today).
Watching the grain mill is always a big attraction! :)
Ruth (22 months) couldn't fit on the stool with the boys, and I caught her getting into the bucket of wheat on the floor. ;)
Eliyahu (3) unwrapped all the butter for our cookies! :)
Eliyahu helped me make a double batch of Pumpkin Raisin Cookies, one of our favorite "healthy" cookies! :) This recipe makes a huge amount of cookies, so I was baking them for quite a while. I ended up with about 12 dozen (small) cookies: enough for Joshua to take some in to work, a few to eat fresh, and a few for the freezer. :)
Our lunch was Cooked Pinto Beans with mozzarella cheese, sour cream, and Tapatio. Yummy!! I had cooked 3 pounds of beans on Monday, so we still had some left in the fridge to warm up. :) It seems like every single week I cook 2-3 pounds of beans and they don't last long! Sometimes we take them to church for dinner, and sometimes we eat them all ourselves. :)
School work, dishes, baking lots of cookies... the day was passing quickly! :) I put a chicken in the oven, and then started a pot of potatoes.
By the time dinner was ready, I had stopped taking pictures since it was dark outside. (Sunset is shortly after 4pm these days...)
But dinner was fabulous! Hot roasted chicken, creamy mashed potatoes, chicken gravy, cooked peas, and pumpkin raisin cookies for dessert! :)
Joshua loves roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, and gravy. :D
...And the kitchen is even mostly cleaned up! :) All the dishes on the counter are washed... just sitting there to air dry. :)
My to-do list for today:
Do school work
Make lunch & dinner
Wash and fold laundry (2 loads)
Read Bible w/kids
I was also planning to make bread today, but the oven was already in use from 11:30am to 4pm so I decided to make bread tomorrow instead. :)
So.... that's a pretty typical day at our house (when I'm feeling well!). :)